Stories from 2013:

Phone-hacking trial reports Nov/Dec 2013

Published December 2013.

This is a complete set of court reports filed to the Guardian from the opening of the phone-hacking trial, on October 30 2013, to the Christmas break. The date at the top of each story is the date of the hearing, although the reports were written to be published on the following day. Hence the [...]

Defending The Guardian over Edward Snowden

Published October 2013.

Published by The Guardian
October 13 2013
In the last few days, two national newspapers – the Times and The Mail – have suggested that the Guardian has been wrong to publish material leaked by Edward Snowden on the specific grounds that journalists cannot be trusted to judge what may damage national security.
Ignore for a moment the [...]

Even MI5 feared GCHQ was trampling on civil liberties

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian
June 22 2013
Senior figures inside British intelligence have been alarmed by GCHQ’s secret decision to tap into transatlantic cables in order to engage in the bulk interception of phone calls and internet traffic.
According to one source who has been directly involved in GCHQ operations, concerns were expressed when the project was being [...]

Revealed: GCHQ’s massive interception of transatlantic traffic

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian
June 21 2013
With Ewen MacAskill, Julian Borger, Nick Hopkins and James Ball
Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, [...]

US spied on Putin communications during UK visit

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian
June 17 2013
With Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball
American spies based in the UK intercepted the top-secret communications of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Britain for the G20 summit in London, leaked documents reveal.
The details of the intercept were set out in a briefing [...]

UK spies used G20 London meetings to spy on allies

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian
June 17 2013
With Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball
Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some [...]

UK planned to spy on Commonwealth leaders

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian
June 16 2013
With Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball
UK intelligence agencies planned to spy on delegates to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in 2009, aiming to give UK ministers an advantage in talks with their Commonwealth counterparts, according to a top-secret document seen by the Guardian.
The meeting, which [...]

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